In addition to the concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, the on-track racing action heats up as drivers reach the halfway point for the 2007 season. The action continues with week five on Thursday, June 28, and will run every Thursday through August 2 with a special Wednesday night edition on July 4, including a fireworks extravaganza.
Innaugural "Camp Counselor Classic" to Debut Thursday Night at AMS:
Week five's Thursday Thunder intermission spectacle will be a don't-miss event as eight local summer camp counselors race their way around the Thunder Ring, AMS' frontstretch quarter-mile oval in street cars. Completing the summer camp theme, a jumbo marshmallow, hot dog and simulated camp fire, will adorn the roof of each counselor's vehicle and a fishing rod will protrude through the window.
The first event of its kind at AMS, the "Camp Counselor Classic" will afford local the campers the opportunity to cheer their counselor to victory and earn the moniker of "Atlanta's Fastest Camp Counselor."
Fireworks Extravaganza to Light up the Georgia Sky on July 4:
On Wednesday evening July 4, in conjunction with Thursday Thunder, the Georgia ski will be illuminated with thousands of exploding shells in one of the largest fireworks displays in Atlanta. For just $5, fans can gain admission to the fireworks spectacular and receive a ticket to view an evening of short track racing. With ample parking, affordable admission prices and concession specials, the special July 4 edition of Thursday Thunder will be the biggest evening of short track racing in 2007.
Mid-Season Point Battles Heating Up:
As the Thursday Thunder Series takes the crossed flags this week, signaling the midpoint of the season, several divisional point battles are close and will likely be decided on the final lap of the final feature race this season.
With just three points separating first-place Matt Stover and second-place Jeremy Mullinax in the Fuddruckers Semi-Pro division an end-of-season points battle is likely. With plenty of racing left, don't count out a late season charge from Evan Swilling or fourth-place Daniel Moore.
Things couldn't be closer in the Morley Company Outlaws division as Darrell Banks and Diggie Bush are knotted at 297 points each. A mere six points separate Blake Eden and Scott Hensley in the Zaxby's Bandits Division. Both drivers have finished in the top-five each night, earning them the top-two spots in the standings.
Plenty of racing left on the schedule means plenty of opportunities to make mistakes and shake-up the current point standings. Nobody's lead is safe as the drivers race their way to week five.
Youth Movement: Top-Four Spots in Pro Division Points Held Down by 18-year-old and Younger:
Four weeks into Thursday Thunder competition, four drivers find themselves within 20 points of each other and the points lead in the Adrenalin Powersports Pro Division. The other thing these drivers have in common is their youthfulness. Of the four drivers leading the top division at AMS the oldest, Taylor Hull, is 18-years-old. Current points leader Casey Roderick is fourteen along with fourth-place Max Gresham. Rounding out the quartet is third-place Ryan Gandee at sixteen-years-old.
Featuring a full slate of competitive racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (children under 6 are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211